OUT: There are 5 different ways to cause knock out. Everyone knows that if we are struck with a lump of wood over the head that this causes knock out. The brain causes the body to black out to try and help itself to recover using all of its available energy for that recovery. This is the first and most basic way. The second way is to cause the muscles around the lungs to constrict violently by going in to spasm thus causing the person to black out. This can be achieved by a strike to St 15 or to SI 11. See Photo No.1 for stomach 15 & Photo No. 2 for small intestine 11. A person can be struck on the scapular for instance which will have the same effect as a good kick in the guts. We are also able to use the Choke out to stop the air getting to the lungs and this again is at a very basic level. The third way is to stop the blood getting to the brain by squeezing the carotid artery, the old sleeper hold. This can be dangerous though if put on for too long and people have been known not to revive after such a hold. This hold is not as easy as it looks however. In Photo No.3 see how the head of the attackee is turned to one side to allow access to the carotid. As well, notice that I have pushed his head forward to heighten the effect on the carotid. The way that we revive from the sleeper hold is to either use CPR if he has been knocked out and the heart has stopped, or we lift him into a sitting position placing our hands under his chest from the rear and jerk him upward while squeezing inward lightly. This should bring him around. If not, a medium slap on the back in between the scapular should work. See Photo No.4 for the basic revival position. The fourth way is to strike at certain points to cause the heart rate to drop as I have already mentioned with the carotid sinus or (St 9) strike. See Photo NO.5 for an application to get at this point. Perhaps we are struck with the most common strike, the old haymaker or hook punch, the left palm would swing out to take the point known as Neigwan or (Pc 6) in an adverse (against the flow of energy) while the right palm would strike inward to St 9 point. There are three other organs which when struck in certain directions will also cause this blood pressure dropping effect. Gall bladder and intestines are the ones that are the easiest to get at. We have gall bladder points all over our bodies from the feet right up to the head and any of these points will cause the knock out when struck in the correct direction. GB (gall bladder) 14, just above the eyebrow in the middle is one point which when struck in three different directions will cause three different effects. If for instance we strike with an upward blow to this point, it causes what is known as an energy or Qi rush to the head causing knock out or death. The brain sort of explodes! Now this is where dim-mak can also be used as a healing art. We also know that the antidote for this point is GB 21 just on the shoulders. If we put pressure onto this pint and quickly brush to both sides, this will bring the Qi back down out of the head. It is exactly the same when a person is suffering from a bad case of sunstroke. So we know to use these same points to heal the sunstroke! Sunstroke is the same condition of too much yang energy in the head. See Photo No 6 for the initial attack. Notice that I now block his right arm in a towards me strike. This is going with the flow of energy. This point on the outside of his arm is used as a 'set up' point. It causes the energy to be dragged to this point leaving the more important point of GB 14 more vulnerable which I strike in an upward way. If I were to strike GB 14 in a downward way it would cause the heart to slow dramatically or even stop to lower the blood pressure thus causing knock out or death from the heart not starting up again. However, this time I would use the initial block to strike his arm back up his forearm thus causing an adverse energy flow, this would also cause him to lose power from the lower body and this is called an energy drainage point strike. Dim-Mak becomes even more complicated when we learn that there are certain points that when struck will cause seemingly totally unrelated parts of the body to react. For instance if SP 20 (Spleen 20) is struck in an inward way, it will cause either the right or left leg (whichever side was struck) to lose control and the person falls on the ground. The fifth way is to cause the body to go into neurological shut down. Neurological shut down is a strange human phenomenon, which the martial artist is able to use to his advantage. There are certain parts of the face which when struck with a slapping motion will cause the whole nervous system to shut down. Martial artists wanting to show off have used this practise for yonks. However, the dangers of this type of strike are even worse than the others. This is because it seems as if there has been no real damage but years later the recipient of such a strike turns into a raving lunatic or in the very least becomes paranoid. Certain nervous disorders will also grow over the years and all because some bozo wanted to show off at a party or out the front of a building or at an airport etc. We are now able to combine three dim-mak strikes in the most deadly fighting art ever, commonly called "THREE DIM-MAK" from the Chinese or simply, combination dim-mak. This is where we a take the nerve strikes, combine them with the 'set up' strikes and the real dim-mak strikes and then add the neurological shut down strikes. For instance, I might be attacked again with a right hook or it could be a straight right. The 'soft' back palm is devastating when used correctly, is slammed into the crease of the right arm, this causes the nervous system to partially shut down from the arm up to the shoulder, if done correctly, this type of strike will also take the shoulder out and tear ligaments. Photo No.7. Notice that the left palm is ready, shaped into a 'tiger paw' and coming up under the right forearm. The knuckles of the left palm now, almost simultaneously strike to a point called H 3 (heart 3) which can also be struck in up to four different ways but here we need to strike it straight in to cause the heat to weaken and thus take power from the 'seat of power'. The knuckles now strike H 3 causing damage to the heart with a major dim-mak strike, Photo NO.8. While the back palm almost simultaneously slaps to the area of the face to cause neurological shut down! Photo No.9. This whole technique has only taken a fraction of a second to execute. The application itself dictates where and how to strike to these points and if one is performing his or her kata or form correctly, this application will already be sub-conscious and it is able to be
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